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Defining Skin has two conveniently located shops:

Westerville Shop is located off of I-270 and Cleveland Ave behind Sirens. The address is 6172 Cleveland Avenue Columbus, OH 43231. Parking is available in front of our studio.

Downtown Shop is located off of 315 South and West Broad Street. The address is 575 w Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215. Parking is available in front of the shop... no meters.

Our hours for our Downtown Shop are 12pm - 7pm Monday thru Sunday.

Our hours for our Westerville Shop are 12pm -7pm Monday thru Saturday with Sunday being appointment only. 

We do accept walk-ins if an artist is available. We recommend calling first. 

All deposits are non-refundable.

You must be 18 or older to get tattooed at Defining Skin.

Tattoo prices vary according to the size and tattoo designs. A more complex design will cost more than a simpler one and you will also need to factor in size and placement. Since there are so many factors that go into pricing a tattoo, the best thing to do is to ask. All of our artist handle their own pricing, so its best to communicate with them via email. 

We have a $80 shop minimum and our pricing goes up from there. For your convenience we now offer you 3 options to obtain a quote for your tattoo:

  • Stop by our studio and speak to one of our artist (best option).
  • Call us 614.899.0440 for the Westerville location or 614.641.7100 for the Downtown location and speak with one of our artist.
  • Send us an email to or the artist of your choice. Please include size (inches), body location, color or black/grey and any reference photos.

The purpose of your quote is to give you an idea on the cost of your tattoo. The more details you give us the more accurate we will be in our pricing. Please note, if you change the details after a quote is given the price will change too.

The schedules vary from artist to artist so if you are interested in contacting/getting tattooed by a particular artist the best way would be to go to our website tattoo artist page and select from the artist menu. Many artists also have their email addresses available in the artist section beside the bio photos along with a link to view their tattoos.

We accept cash or credit (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express). No checks.

Yes we do sell Gift Certificates! Stop in the studio at any time to get one for whatever value you prefer for any occasion!

If you come to Defining Skin where the proper tattoo equipment is used, getting a tattoo is very safe. Decades ago there was concern about getting hepatitis C from tattoos, but this is something all professional tattoo artists are very conscious of nowadays. New needles are used for each and every client; there is no chance of contracting a blood-borne disease when proper procedures are followed. Our tattoo artist will show you the unopened package of needles they will be using before the tattooing begins. After your tattoo is finished, we dispose of the needles. Ask about safety policies such as these before you select a tattoo studio.

This is the most popular question tattoo artist get asked on a daily basis and the answer is...getting a tattoo is not very painful nowadays because modern tattoo equipment is designed so the needles go in and out of your skin very quickly. Now with that being said keep in mind everyone has a different pain tolerance. The amount of discomfort can vary to some degree, depending on your tattoo designs and location. Meaning, tattooing over bone - where there's little flesh or fat - hurts a bit more. So getting a tattoo on the fleshy part of your arm or thigh probably won't hurt much at all, but directly over your anklebone or collarbone may be more painful - but again this depends on your tolerance. Tattoo designs can also make a difference with regard to how it feels. Tattooing lines produces a different sensation from shading in or tattooing blocks of color. So the answer to the painful question is...yes there is some minor discomfort, but nothing you can't handle.

Proper tattoo aftercare is essential to insuring a proper healing process, resulting in optimum tattoo results. Now the tattoo is in your hands, care for it properly. Our artist will bandage your tattoo, immediately after the tattooing procedure is completed. Leave the bandage on for 1-2 hours. The tattoo will bleed, and this is a completely normal part of the process. After a couple hours, remove the bandage and begin your aftercare routine. Your tattoo is an open wound and should be treated as such in order to prevent infection.

We have two methods of healing, click here to learn more.

Yes, scabbing is a natural part of the healing process and it's best to let the scabs fall off on their own, so don't pick or scratch and you'll be just fine!

We recommend waiting at least a month after a new tattoo before you get back in the pool or hit the beach. Chemicals, bacteria, and sand could all be a threat to your new tattoo. If you can't avoid the water, we suggest using a waterproof patch to cover your new tattoo.

We recommend waiting at least one to two months, depending on how well your tattoo is healing! One option is to cover your tattoo completely with a white bandage while you are tanning so it's protected from those harmful rays. Tanning can fade your tattoo very quickly so we suggest using a high SPF sun block when out in the sun to keep your tattoos looking bright and fresh!

You shouldn't get a tattoo if you're drunk or high and we will refuse to tattoo anyone who appears to be drunk or high. The other reason for not getting a tattoo is if you're not sure. Remember this is permanent and tattoo removal can be costly. There are no specific medical considerations, but use your common sense. If you're sick, wait till you get better.

Tattoos in the workplace are so mainstream now that most companies will not care as long as they are not offensive or distracting to others. Most clients with this concern will get their tattoo in a discreet place like the shoulder, thigh, upper arm, etc. so it is not visible in the workplace. If this is a concern of yours, then just be selective in your tattoo design and placement. Tattoos in the workplace will not keep you from being gainfully employed.

Tattooing is not only a skill, but a lifestyle. Many people often ask if tattoo artists attend a tattoo school. Despite the demand for tattoo knowledge there has not been a reputable or competent tattoo school to fill this need. A tattoo career takes both passion and technical expertise attained through thousands of hours of drawing, painting, and working with other art mediums. Tattoo schools do not screen for this pre-requisite, take all who apply, and put someone through a two week course and claim that will prepare them for a tattoo career. The average apprenticeship in a legitimate shop will span a time-frame of 6 months to 2 years with the average being over a years time. This time-frame is dictated by the amount of hard work and dedication applied. To attain an apprenticeship you would first need to compile an extensive collection of completed drawings and other art to be reviewed by the shop. Only then will you be taken seriously and given the chance to sell your potential to a shop. You should expect to trade shop work, cleaning, counter sales etc for the apprenticeship. Being charged for an apprenticeship should only be considered if you are attempting to be trained by a highly skilled successful artist otherwise you should be skeptical of paying up-front for your training. Walk into every shop in your city, be humble, have a clean art portfolio to show and do your research!